December 13, 1929 - September 23, 2007
Service Date: September 26, 2007
Graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007 at Mt. View Cemetery with Pastor Ken Toews officiating.
Joyce A. Jensen, 77, Caputa, died Sunday Sept. 23, 2007 at Fountain Springs Healthcare. Joyce was born Friday, Dec. 13, 1929 at New Underwood, SD, the daughter of E.T. and Dakota (Hynes) Jurisch. The first seven years of her life were spent on Sheep Mountain; her maternal grandmother’s homestead. The National Park Service purchased Sheep Mountain in 1936 and made it a part of the Badlands National Park system. At this time the Jurisch family purchased a ranch north of Scenic, on the Kube Table. Joyce went to school for two years in Scenic and the next five years at a country school on Kube Table. She stayed with a cousin and uncle in Deadwood where she completed four years of high school. She graduated at the age of sixteen as valedictorian of her class. During the time Joyce was in high school, she was a member of Jobs Daughters; the National Honor Society and various other school activities. After graduation, she was employed at the First National Bank of the Black Hills in Deadwood. The Deadwood PEO Chapter and the State PEO Chapter awarded Joyce a scholarship to their college, Cuttey College, Nevada, MO. She attended the college for one year and came back to work at the Deadwood Bank. She also worked at Underwood State Bank in New Underwood and Wall until her marriage to F.M. ‘Morrie’ Jensen in 1951. Since then she has devoted her time and energy to developing their farm and ranch on Kube Table. She and her husband raised registered Hereford and Black Angus Cattle. They had annual production sales at the ranch. During the earlier years, they had cattle at the various shows and sales. Joyce and Morrie attended production sales in many US States and Canada. They also went to Alaska and Canada on fishing trips. Joyce was always Morrie’s hunting and fishing companion. Joyce is survived by her husband Morrie Jensen, Rapid City; Mike and Jodie Lehrkamp and their family, Caputa. Mike and Jody are partners and as close to family as anyone could be. Other relatives are 2 sisters-in-law, Joyce Whitney; Helen Jensen and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother Bob Jurisch. According to Joyce’s wishes, she will be cremated and a graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2007 at Mt. View Cemetery with Pastor Ken Toews officiating.A memorial has been established to benefit Western Junior Livestock Show/Hereford Show.Condolences may be conveyed to the family at www.behrenswilson.com.Behrens-Wilson Funeral Home is in care of arrangements.